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2010-01-06 10:38:31

Renewable energy methods hold hope for terminus lake water quality worldwide Ecosystems of terminus lakes around the world could benefit from a new system being developed at the University of Nevada, Reno to desalinate water using a specialized low-cost solar pond and patented membrane distillation system powered by renewable energy. "These lakes "“ hundreds worldwide "“ such as the Great Salt Lake, the Salton Sea, the Aral Sea and Walker Lake here in Nevada, see a decline in...

2008-12-05 14:45:00

Global food shortages could be helped by the integration of plants that grow in salty conditions, according to researchers. The Earth's water is made up of only 1 percent freshwater, and many areas are suffering weakened crop production due to a gradual increase in salt levels in water supplies. "Salinisation is irreversible," says Professor Jelte Rozema from the department of systems ecology at the Free University, Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. "Sooner or later mankind has to accept the...

2008-08-18 15:05:00

WWF Director General James Leape told the opening session of World Water Week in Stockholm today that a world water crisis is a key factor behind current global anxieties over faltering food supplies and rising food costs. "Behind the world food crisis is a global freshwater crisis, expected to rapidly worsen as climate change impacts intensify," Mr. Leape said. "Irrigation-fed agriculture provides 45 per cent of the world's food supplies, and without it, we could not feed our planet's...

2008-07-24 12:00:42

By Anna Ferguson, The Brunswick News, Ga. Jul. 24--The conundrum of a fresh-water supply in Brunswick being contaminated by salt water may soon be resolved. The U.S. Geological Survey recently designed and installed a measurement system using satellite telemetry in a two-square mile area near the city, in an effort to monitor against fresh ground-water contamination. USGS engineers are hopeful that this high-tech equipment will show why the area is being infiltrated with saltwater,...

2008-06-25 18:00:00

By John Nolan Staff Writer WEST CARROLLTON -- The Appleton paper mill consumes about seven million gallons of water a day, coming from company wells that draw from the Great Miami River aquifer. The plant's 400 jobs and 24-hour production of thermal paper, for point-of-sale receipts, and carbonless paper, for business forms, depend on the steady flow of fresh and recycled water. "You can't make paper without water," said Nancy McDonnell, the plant's environmental manager. Businesses...

2006-02-22 13:17:26

LONDON (Reuters) - East is East and West is West and never the twain will meet -- at least as far as the world's freshwater eels are concerned. It has long been established that the freshwater eels of the United States and Europe originate in the Sargasso Sea off Bermuda. But the origin of their eastern cousins, the Japanese freshwater eels, has remained a mystery -- until now. Writing in the science journal Nature, researchers from Tokyo University's Ocean Research Institute say...

Latest Freshwater Reference Libraries

2009-07-06 17:58:20

The water cycle (or hydrologic cycle) describes the continuous movement of water above, below, and on the planet. Since the water cycle is in fact a "cycle", there is no beginning or end. Water exists in three states: liquid, vapor, and ice. Although the balance of water on our planet is fairly constant, individual water molecules may come and go. The water cycle is driven by the sun. The sun heats the oceans and allows water to evaporate into the air. The sun also heats snow and ice which...

2009-07-04 16:31:47

Rain is a type of liquid precipitation. It is defined as condensation of atmospheric water vapor that forms into drops that become heavy enough to fall, and often making it to the surface. Rain is the primary source of most of the fresh water in the world. Rain provides suitable conditions for diverse ecosystems, water for power sources and for crop irrigation. Not all rain reaches the surface. Some rain evaporates as it falls, especially through dry air. This type of rainfall is known as...

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